“…The River is for the Tonga people.
The river has fish and crocodiles…
Our ancestors are ‘crying’…”
The above lines came via a quick text message from Michito Veronika, Zubo Trust’s communications officer, currently in the Netherlands, completing her MA dissertation. I had sent her the link to a recording asking whether the song following the Zimbabwe National Anthem was perhaps a kind of Tonga Anthem. “…oooh very nice. you have just made me miss home…,” Michito wrote and added the lines above in translation.
Listen to the recording here:
“The Tonga lost their land with the coming of Kariba but they have managed to retain much of their rich cultural heritage…”
Keith Goddard writes in his article “one man one note” (2005)
The recording of the Tonga Anthem was made in 2012, when I accompanied members of Basilwizi Trust to an award ceremony at Damba Primary…
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